Kuro Tarangire

Kuro Tarangire: Our full report

Rooms
6 tented rooms
Traveller's rating
Excellent (95%) From 8 reviews
Children
Best for 12+
Open
Jun to mid Mar

One of the most recent additions to the area, Kuro Tarangire is a tented camp in the centre of Tarangire National Park in northern Tanzania. Well-known for its huge herds of elephants, drawn to the nearby Tarangire river in the dry season, you can also see gerenuk here, which is rare elsewhere in the region.

We first visited Kuro Tarangire in June 2017 and were very impressed with the overall quality of the camp. This is unsurprising given that it is run by Nomad, which operates some of the best camps across Tanzania – including sister camps Lamai Serengeti, Serengeti Safari Camp and Entamanu Ngorongoro.

Kuro Tarangire is situated in a very pretty part of the park, with conveniently quick access from Kuro Airstrip, and plenty of wildlife to be seen en route, which is not always the case in drier parts of the park. From the main Tarangire gate it is around 1.5–2 hours’ drive to the camp, depending on what you see en route. During our most recent visit in November 2017, we saw a lot of wildlife on this drive including elephant, giraffe, zebra, buffalo and wildebeest.

The main area of the camp is a large, airy wooden-and-thatch structure with a lounge to one side and dining area to the other. A shaded veranda, that runs the full length of the room and overlooks the lightly wooded surroundings, provides a lovely spot to relax on a director's chair. On a previous visit we were lucky enough to enjoy lunch here while observing a large herd of elephants grazing just in front of us. The camp tells us that this outlook is one the elephants especially like to visit all year round!

The décor is typical of Nomad camps – very much in keeping with its surroundings but with thoughtful, stylish touches throughout. Heavy, rustic wooden furniture is offset with leather, sheepskin, cowhides and earthy brown and red tones. There is plenty of comfortable seating and a small selection of books, games and curios. The lounge and dining areas are separated by a couple of wooden partitions and the bar.

Kuro Tarangire's six tented rooms are spread out in a line, with three located either side of the main area, and far enough apart to feel private and secluded. There is one family unit, which comprises two interconnecting rooms, sleeping up to five people.

Despite only opening in 2014, the camp has already had a revamp in 2017 and we thought it looked fresh and new. The tented rooms have been made more permanent, with thatched roofs, wooden supports and wooden stable doors. A large wrap-around veranda, set with director's chairs and a day bed, provides plenty of shade.

Inside, the rooms are bright and airy. They have a beach feel, thanks to the white draped mosquito nets, striped bedspread and light-coloured furnishings. The rooms can be configured as doubles or twins, and it's possible to add a third single bed. As well as a small sofa at the foot of the bed, there is a writing desk and cowhide stool in one corner.

The en-suite bathroom is at the back of the room behind a simple yet stylish semi-transparent screen. There is a sink and hanging area for clothes, and a lockable pouch for valuables. The flushing toilet and bucket shower are off to one side, behind their own wooden partitions, and there is also an outside shower, surrounded by a wooden baton screen for privacy. A selection of toiletries and fluffy towels are provided.

One of the benefits of being in Tarangire National Park is that a range of safari activities are possible from certain camps and lodges. As well as the usual wildlife drives, Kuro offers bush walks and night drives, which can be a real highlight of an otherwise vehicle-based safari trip.

During our most recent stay, we very much enjoyed a morning bush walk. After a tea or coffee and biscuits, we headed out from camp while the sun was still very low. We stopped regularly to investigate the smaller details that you often miss from a safari vehicle; spoor, animals tracks, and insects and plants of interest. We did not see a huge amount of game on this walk, and it isn’t the focus, but we did spot eland, impala and giraffe. Two unusual highlights were a leopard tortoise and a Verreaux’s eagle owl. We walked to a slight rise in the landscape, where a bush breakfast had been set up for us, and enjoyed a great spread as we watched a herd of elephants move through a wooded grove in the distance.

The best time to visit is during the dry season from July to October, when wildlife in Tarangire is at its most abundant. You should be able to see plenty of elephant, giraffe and buffalo, as well as some of the more rarely sighted species, such as gerenuk. Tarangire is one of the best places in northern Tanzania for keen birders, with up to 550 species found in the park. Conversely, the best time for birdwatching is normally in the wet season from November to April.

The camp is closed during the heavy rains in April and May.

Our view

Despite being a camp with permanent rooms instead of traditional canvas tents, Kuro Tarangire retains the feel of a rustic bush camp, with its intimate set-up and an excellent team behind it. The stylish design and great location make it one of the best options in this beautiful park.

Geographics

Location: Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Ideal length of stay: Stay here for two to three nights to make the most of the area.

Directions: You can either take the two-to-three-hour drive from Arusha to get here, or fly to Kuro Airstrip, which is about a 15-minute drive from the camp.

Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer

Key personnel

Owner: Nomad

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Full Board

Food quality: During our last visit to the camp in November 2017 we very much enjoyed the food, which was up to the good standard you can expect from all Nomad’s camps. With a focus on simple, fresh, home-cooked meals it matches the camp’s wholesome and rustic vibe.

After our morning walk, we had breakfast in the bush and enjoyed fresh tea or coffee and juices, homemade bread and muffins, a selection of cereals and fruit, and the usual cooked breakfast items, cooked to order on a portable stove. Breakfast in the camp is very similar.

Lunch is prepared as a buffet and guests eat at individual tables. We had a lovely light lunch of two types of pizza (vegetable or meat), apple and sunflower seed slaw, a leafy green salad, and a sweet potato and red onion salad. We finished our meal with fruit salad. It was fresh and plentiful. We thought it was particularly impressive that the camp bakes all its bread and pizza out in the bush kitchen!

Dinner is usually communal and hosted by one of the camp managers in the main dining area, however, on our most recent visit, a table was set up just in front of the main area and lit by candlelight. After a drink or two by the firepit, we tucked into a light starter of a vegetable soup and bread roll, followed by breaded fish, a bean salad, couscous and mixed roasted vegetables. We finished with a delightful maple tart. Nomad takes care to co-ordinate the menus with their other camps, so if guests are on a circuit they won't have the same dishes.

Dining style: Mixture of group dining and individual tables

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included

Drinks included: Most drinks are included although Champagne is an additional cost. Bottled drinking water is provided for guests.

Further dining info: Room service is available

Special interests

Walking safaris: Normally heading out into the bush from the camp, walking safaris from Kuro are a great way to explore a much less-visited side of Tarangire National Park. With the bonus of the chance of spotting big game, and often ending in a bush breakfast, it makes a lovely change to a safari from a vehicle.

See more ideas for Walking safaris in Tanzania

Children

Attitude towards children: The camp welcomes families with older children.

Property’s age restrictions: The camp only accepts children aged ten and over, although younger children could be accommodated at the discretion of management.

Special activities & services: There are no special activities at Kuro but the staff are happy to provide some simple entertainment where possible.

Equipment: None

Notes: This is a wild unfenced camp, with plenty of wildlife in the area, so children should be under parental supervision. Only children aged 12 and over are allowed on walking safaris.

Infrastructure

Power supply: Solar Power

Power supply notes: There is a back-up generator, so power is available 24 hours a day. There are charging points in the rooms and main area.

Communications: WiFi is available in the rooms and in the main area, but it seemed stronger in the rooms. There is limited cellphone reception.

TV & radio: There is a TV in the staff quarters and guests are welcome to watch big sports matches here.

Water supply: Borehole

Water supply notes: There are bucket showers and flushing toilets in the rooms.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Medical care: The camp managers and guides are first-aid trained and there are first-aid kits both in the main camp area and the safari vehicles. The closest hospital is in Arusha, about two to three hours away.

Dangerous animals: High Risk

Security measures: There are armed askaris (guards) on site and guests are escorted during hours of darkness.

Fire safety: There is a fire break around camp and fire extinguishers in all the rooms.

Extras

Disabled access: On Request

Laundry facilities: Laundry is included, hand-washed and line dried. The camp does not wash ladies’ underwear but there is washing powder in the rooms for this.

Money: A lockable pouch is provided in each room for valuables; guests can choose to take this with them in the vehicles or have it put in the main camp safe. There is no currency exchange available.

Accepted payment on location: Payment is accepted in cash, or with Visa and Mastercard for a small charge.

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